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Central Fish Inc.
Nearby Subway Stops
A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal
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This venue is closed.
Whole Foods shoppers, take note: This market is not for the fair-weather fish fan seeking Saran-wrapped fillets. Rather, it’s for those who want to know where their food comes from, gills, fins, and all. Hosed-down tile floors and whole fish stacked in glassy-eyed repose greet seafood lovers; counter staff prepare your fish to order, unless you prefer to gut and filet at home. The occasional box of Old Bay seasoning and fish-fry batter mix seem to be the only non-aquatic products on offer. Savvy home cooks follow the example of restaurant suppliers who patronize the market, and visit early for a choice selection of ice-bedded fish, crabs, clams, and octopi fresh from a pre-dawn haul. Most catches, like snapper, flounder, grouper, and that menu stalwart Atlantic salmon are available year-round. When unusual fish arrive, like the odd-looking Scorfano (a.k.a. Scorpion fish), owner Domenic Oliveri gladly offers recipes and cooking advice. Established in 1936 by Oliveri’s grandfather, Central Fish shores up its substantial wholesale business with a thriving retail trade; special orders are available with two days’ notice.